Budget vote speech: Office of the Premier

The following speech was delivered by Langa Bodlani DA MPL, to the Limpopo Provincial Legislature on 18 June 2015 during the Debate on the 2015 Budget of the office of the Premier.

The DA welcomes the premier’s acknowledgement that this government “must not only be able to account for the monies we spend, we must also be able to show value for these public resources as and when we spend them”.

With these ethos internalised by every public servant, our province will go a long way to addressing the many service delivery concerns legitimately raised by our communities.

This internalisation will not come voluntary from many of our public servants because for far too long they have become accustomed to wanton use of public funds.

It will require a political will on your part Mr Premier to crack the whip even if it is against your own comrade.

Nelson Mandela said:” There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people in the right way.”

The Constitution places very serious responsibilities and mandates on youMr Premier.

It says you have a duty to coordinate the functions of the provincial administration and its departments.

This in layman’s terms means that the buck stops with you Mr Premier.

Honourable members

The premier’s office cannot execute this function for as long as it has a perpetual acting D-G with no signs of converting this to a permanent post.

Mr Premier

When there are unabated irregular/wasteful and fruitless expenditures across departments which steal from service delivery.

The buck stops with you.

Mr Premier when the department of education fails to deliver textbooks on time to our learners

Although this is the purview of the department of education, the buck still stops with you Mr Premier.

After much denial that there weren’t still schools with no textbooks when they were supposed to have been delivered, the portfolio committee went on an oversight and confirmed this,

Mr Premier you did not have the humility to apologise that you were misinformed about the availability of textbooks when they were in fact not there.

In particular Mr Premier, the AG in the recent audit report was very scathing to your department in that and I quote “effective steps were not taken to prevent irregular expenditure, as required by section 38 (1) (c) (ii) of the Public Finance Management Act and Treasury Regulations”.

This failure has to be addressed by you Mr Premier as a matter of urgency.

Otherwise Mr Premier you would have failed in your transversal oversight and that cannot be, because the buck stops with you.

Mr Premier we cannot be engaged in polemic debates about whether the applicable statistic on unemployment is the extended definition or not, fact of the matter is that our youth especially are unemployed.

This means that as part of your Policy and Governance you must take the people of Limpopo in confidence that yours we be to implement policies that are amenable to job creation.

That is why when the AG says persons in the service of your department whose close family members had a business interest in contracts awarded by your department failed to disclose such interest is very concerning for us.

This buck stops with you Mr Premier because it means that there is a policy lacuna to deal with regulating these business interests which have the potential to hinder competitive tender processes and by extension job creation in our province.

Mr Premier

We are extremely concerned that in your budget speech you are merely calling for departments to commit to improve financial management and clean audits.

Calling for as it were is in the province of us as the opposition but you as head of this government you must be cracking the whip if there is a failure to implement clean audits.

This is because the buck stops with you.

Could this lack of a resolute political will on your part Mr Premier also explain the reason why your APP seems to be ambiguous if not silent on the strategy to effectively deal with the issue of clean audits.

The Limpopo Development Plan, which I must hasten to say that it mentions the clean audits very casually, seems to relegate this urgent task to Treasury.

Whilst this may be so that Treasury also has a mandate to see clean audits, the buck still stops with you as the head.

This is because as our constitution which entails your job description aptly states that you have a duty to coordinate the functions of the provincial administration and its departments.

Lastly another indictment on your part is the failure to fulfil employment equity especially as it pertains to the employment of people with disabilities.

More needs to be done on this score, Mr Premier.

I thank you.

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Budget vote speech: Department of Health

The following speech was delivered by Langa Bodlani DA MPL, to the Limpopo Provincial Legislature on 18 June 2015 during the Debate on the 2015 Budget of the Department of Health.

Honourable speaker

The DA would like to congratulate the new MEC Dr. Ramathuba on her new appointment.

This is a huge department and it requires a hands-on approach to get things around.

To her predecessor, Honourable Kgetjepe the DA would like to commend the MEC for making himself available when we referred to him public queries of urgency.

We knew in him we could call late at night about a woman who was about to go into labour and the ambulance was not responding to that urgency.

MEC Kgetjepe has shown his willingness to assist in those situations when contacted by the DA.  For that we applaud him.

He has shown what is meant by empathy in public service. That as public representatives we are here to serve the people and not the other way round.

Now the new MEC must emulate these ethos.

Honourable members the problem in this department lies with those under the executive authority the MEC.

Those who should be in the coalface of service delivery to our people, are the ones who are not getting it right with management.

The budget debate of R14.8 billion we are today debating should be effectively used to service our people.

Honourable Members

The DA will continue to do unannounced oversight visits to monitor whether the promise to maintain the 24 hours service on 53 clinics is kept.

Honourable members

This directly affects our people in the rural villages. Recently the DA received a call from an activist from Sekgopo village alerting us that a young man had passed on waiting for an ambulance.

I saw no need to bring this to the attention of the MEC as the irreversible had already occurred.

However it is a worrying factor that this department shows no commitment to increase the number of 24 hour service clinics in the financial

years to come.

With the finances of this department back to its executive authority more scrutiny needs to be placed.

We will be monitoring how this department uses this year’s fund to appoint health professionals and filling of administrative and other posts.

Our recent visit to Polokwane Provincial hospital we uncovered an acute shortage of technicians and artisans in the hospital.

The department must have a workable attrition strategy so that as we appoint new staff we keep and don’t lose those who are already within the system.

At the provincial hospital they do not have an in-house technician to fix the morgue refrigerators when they break.

Just yester night 2 patients died at Letaba hospital because of Eskom’s power failure which led to the discontinuation of the life support machines.

The generators only ran for 3-4 hour but could not continue because there was no diesel.

This is unacceptable.  It has already happened 4 times this year but luckily no one lost their lives in the past.

The maintenance department has no funds or spares in this hospital.

Honourable Speaker

Another issue which must be thoroughly monitored is the issue of unauthorised, wasteful and irregular expenditures.

Honourable members

R27 million of fruitless and wasteful and R870 million of irregular are too exorbitant for want of a better description.

With the budget under review we should no longer hear news of medical shortages in our clinics.

The infrastructure development of our hospitals remains a concern for us. In Voortrekker hospital there is an incomplete building which should be used as an extension for admission.

To date the building still remains incomplete and patients are still crowded in the current admission centre. To make matters worse this incomplete building use electricity and it is becoming unbearable monetary wise.

MEC you know this as you come from this hospital, now you have the power to correct this.

Honourable MEC

This department had to be occasionally dismissed by the committee because it was unable to prepare a proper APP, a critical document for its oversight.

In fact getting measurable indicators from any of the documents of this department is a nightmare.

In the end we are left in an awkward position of rejecting budget and thereby deny our people their constitutional right to health or accepting

the budget without a corresponding APP to measure its expenditure.

This has been going on for some time and the committee should not be put in this position of having to second guess what the department must do with the budget.

We urge the MEC to correct this.

In our DA’s value’s charter, a government should be able to deliver high quality of basic services.

Mandela in Norway 2005 at the 46664 concert said and I quote “the more we lack the courage and the will to act, the more we condemn to death our brothers and sisters, our children and grandchildren.

When history of our times is written will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing? “ end quote

Now the script is yours to write MEC.

Whether when our brothers and sister are condemned to death because of lack of medicine, are you going to lack the courage and the will to act?

How is history going to remember you when critical machines are broken in our hospitals? Will you turn your back in that moment of crisis?

You have a choice to be remembered that you did the right thing when you are called to intervene because our people need urgent medical care?

I thank you.

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Budget vote speech: Department of Transport

Note to Editors: The following speech was delivered by Katlego Suzan Phala DA MPL, to the Limpopo Provincial Legislature on 04 June 2015 during the Debate on the 2015 Budget of the Department of Transport.

Popular culture enjoys the saying: “ Ask me no questions  and I will tell you no lies.”

It is rather tragic that these words best sum up the MEC’s budget vote for the current financial year.

Hon. Speaker like her predecessors and just like her previous speech, the Hon.MEC once again over promised and under delivered to the people of Limpopo.

The DA believes that the Dept. of Transport is in a very privileged position of being at the centre of development.

Hon.MEC Mokaba

It is your department that has the greatest potential and should be championing

  • public/private sector collaboration
  • easier access and mobility between rural and urban regions
  • investment to address the shortage in critical skills

instead it is haunted by :

  • underperformance by your key institutional entities such as GAAL
  • lack of investment  and under spending in key infrastructure

In fact, Hon.MEC, it is the slow pace of delivery by your dept. that is most disheartening.

In the third quarter of the last financial year this dept. had not delivered 45% of its targets.

While you managed to decrease this underachievement by 10% in the 4th quarter, I could state more than 10 instances where there was either a delay of finalising designs for projects or late appointment of contractors.

This is a strong indication of a department that has overpromised and under delivered its services to the people of Limpopo.

The DA believes that RAIL is the backbone of the transport economy.

It is desirable for the Hon. MEC to include rail as part of an inter-Modal Transport Network. However, you need to prioritise it because the benefits are three-fold.

  1. If rail is able to improve its services it will result in a natural movement of all types of cargo back to rail as a preferred mode of transport.
  2. When rail infrastructure is accelerated, we will be less reliant on trucks which have contributed a great deal to the road carnage on our provincial roads.
  3. More importantly, trains are still one of the most affordable modes of transport for more than 2.1 million of our population who rely on grants and 43% of our people who are unemployed when considering discouraged job seekers.

The Hon.MEC admitted to the importance of Rail as a primary mode of mobility in her budget vote yet just like last year the biggest chunk of the budget is allocated to road infrastructure and RAIL remains a side issue.

The DA is convinced that you cannot understand a province or a city without knowing its public transportation system.

In her announcement of the BRT system, it became clear that the Hon.MEC does not have a strategy on how to integrate existing taxi services into programmes designed to improve the safety and reliability of public transport.

Another example which exposes your dept. for overpromising and underperforming is best illustrated by GAAL.

This public entity mandated under your leadership to manage all non private airports in Limpopo, is in a privileged position of unlocking Limpopo’s inherent economic and developmental potential.

Instead it continues to function like a spoilt brat given R42 .3 million yet continues to fail in providing a proper allocation between programmes and cannot assess the extent of its expenditure per quarter.

Very soon, in the not so distant future, when the DA governs this province:

  1. We will partner with the private sector to play a greater role in initiatives such as Arrive Alive and Safety First campaigns
  2. A culture of Accountability and transparency of investigative reports on the spending of taxes and levies will be the norm

A dept. of transport that actually delivers through action and goes beyond lip service.

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Budget vote speech: Safety, Security and Liaison

Note to Editors: The following speech was delivered by Katlego Suzan Phala DA MPL, to the Limpopo Provincial Legislature on 04 June 2015 during the Debate on the 2015 Budget of the Department of Safety, Security and Liaison.

“Be the change you want to see”

The year 2015 marks a new era for the DA nationally and in this province.

The Democratic Alliance now has a Values Charter that is underpinned by principles of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity.

We aim to realise these principles in Limpopo by firstly introducing a private member’s bill to restrict the use of blue lights and the use of sirens on motor vehicle transporting office bearers of government.

These regulations are to promote road safety especially after the unfortunate death of Minister Chabane and many other office bearers who have passed under similar circumstances before him.

Where the DA governs, such regulations have been implemented with success, and to date no politician or official has been restricted from performing their functions due to a lack of blue lights.

The DA embodies and enacts the change it wants to see.

Hon.Speaker

We hope that the ANC will see this as an opportunity to be closer to the people and change the sour perception  some members of the public already have of them.

The budget vote the Hon.MEC presented was an old song with a new tune.

There is a an old saying  which when paraphrased says that,  not only does the action of Governments not deter men from crimes; on the contrary, it increases crime by always disturbing and lowering the moral standard of society.

When addressing the increase in crime all the MEC could offer us is that the dept. ‘would do more’.

There was very little tangible, specific and clear direction on the immediate implementation.

This dept. needs to become the change it wants to see in our society.

We are concerned that there are obvious differences between her promises and what her department has delivered.

It is the daily reality of ordinary people in this province that the MEC has blatantly disregarded and ignored.

The DA believes that individuals cannot reach their potential and take advantage of opportunities if they live in fear.

When we constrain individuals in pursuing their life goals, we are constraining the well-being of communities.

Personal safety is a prerequisite for creating an environment in which South Africans can thrive.

We are extremely concerned about the implications of the crime statistics released by the Police Commissionar LT F Masemola in the 3rd quarter of the 2014/15 financial year.

Serious crimes such as attempted murder, sexual offence, robbery with aggravating circumstances and hijacking are rapidly increasing in our province.

  • Drug related crimes increased by 27.6%
  • Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by a shocking 31.6%
  • Robbery at residential premises increased by 25.2%

Clearly, the millions spent on hosting Summits and talk-shops are no longer adequate in fighting the growing scourge of crime.

Surely, with a budget of over   R 17 million for the sub-programme of crime prevention the dept. of Safety and Security can do better.

The DA believes that whilst the budget for the portfolio as a whole may be increased, this does not necessarily translate into effective crime-combating measures.

How can we believe the Hon.MEC when she states that three six hundred school safety teams have now been set up to work with police when  only two hundred and twenty three out of a possible three thousand eight hundred and twenty nine schools have been searched in the last two financial years?

At a time when more that 50% of Limpopo residents are using Marijuana and a high percentage of the population are hooked to CAT/Tik and other drugs, it is frightening that the only programmes your dept. has in combating the scourge of drugs is through drug awareness programmes and random school searches.

The victims of drug-related crimes, and those who live in fear of further such incidents, know that these programmes are not working.

The DA recommends the establishment of well-resourced specialised drug units.

We also propose :

  • A police service that is properly equipped, well trained and able to both recognise and respond rapidly and effectively to any threat to the personal safety of South African citizens;
  • A justice system that has the necessary independence and resources.
  • A correctional service system that allows people convicted of crimes to be securely detained and offers effective rehabilitation.
  • A support system that is attuned to the needs of the victims of crime.

The goals, at the end of the day are simply safety and security.

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Departments of Education, Roads & Public Works and Local Government & Traditional Affairs

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature today by DA Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund van Vuuren MPL, Shadow MEC for Roads and Public Works, Vicky Knoetze MPL and Shadow MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Nokonwaba Matikinca MPL, during the budget vote debates of provincial departments.

Speech by
Edmund van Vuuren, MPL
DA Shadow MEC for Education

“Education not healthier than before”

  • Department has underspent R100 million on the compensation of employees.
  • Early Childhood Development Practitioners still marginalised without benefits.
  • Schools are not being built where there is a great need for them.

Click here for the full speech

Speech by
Vicky Knoetze, MPL
DA Shadow MEC for Roads & Public Works

“No plan to address the R23-billion roads maintenance backlog in the EC”

  • No plan to address R23-billion backlog on roads.
  • Linking the Fuel Levy to roads maintenance will assist in eliminating the backlog.

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Speech by
Nokonwaba Matikinca, MPL
DA Shadow MEC for Local Government & Traditional Affairs

“Back to Basics strategy only a talk show”

  • Putting people first and not party politics and favouritism can accelerate service delivery.
  • The DA believes in Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity, hence it is against any corrupt activities, but giving people a fair and equal opportunity.

Click here for the full speech

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South Africa remains a divided society on so many levels

By Anthony Bernadie MPL, Leader of the Official Opposition Party:

The following speech was delivered in the Mpumalanga Legislature today by Anthony Bernadie MPL, during the Debate on the tabling of the Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation 2015 Budget. Budget Vote 11.

Hon Speaker

South Africa remains a divided society on so many levels, our country is literally burning through protest action and Xenophobic violence, while unemployment continues to fuel anger and frustrations that simmer beneath the surface of society.

Today more than ever before, our nation needs hope and inspiration. We require a renewed commitment to nation building, Ubuntu and the unification of South Africans.

Over the past 21 years, history has proven that culture, music and sport are key to uniting South Africans. It has been in some of the world’s greatest sporting moments that our nation has stood strongest.

Hon Speaker, with only weeks to go to the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup, the South African Rugby Union has launched the #HomeGroundAdvantage video, to once again inspire a nation and unite us behind the Springboks.

In this inspiring video, the narrator says, (selective quote) ‘When we put on our green and gold, we are us. Where the colour we are, matters less than the colour we are in’ and ‘…when we stand together we are unstoppable’.

Having watched this video, I came here today expecting the MEC to inspire us and to use the core mandate of this department to unite the people of our province.

How wrong I was. Not only does the budget before us do little to achieve what our country so desperately needs right now, but the MEC merely said what was said before, the budget funds what it funded before, nothing new, no vision, no drive – it is merely business as usual.

Archive Building

Is it not ironic then that while that what our nation needs is not funded, but major capital projects costing millions of rands, creating extremely wealthy well connected individuals are allocated funds in abundance.

How can it be that we have built a Provincial Archive building, costing over R150 million, yet it is standing empty and is not operational. As far back as 2008, former MEC Dina Pule announced 44 record managers have been trained. The question is what’s happened to all the people the department supposedly trained in the last 7 years if there are currently only 5 people employed in this building?

Cultural Hub and High Altitude Training Centre

So too, another lucrative project with no shortage in funds is the Cultural Hub and High Altitude Training centre. Since the 2012/13 financial year, the Department has spent

R172 310 809 on these projects but to date there are only empty pieces of land to show for this investment.

These multi-year capital projects are foreseen to cost the taxpayers of this province an estimated R10.1 billion. Evidence again that we are not funding what is needed.

Heritage Sites

Hon Speaker, our collective heritage is who we are. It must be protected and our heritage must be preserved. Yet heritage sites in Mpumalanga are grossly neglected. It is a disgrace that the department who is the custodian of protecting our heritage has over the past 21 years spent a mere R20 million on the establishing, building and maintaining of new and old monuments, statues and heritage sites.

In the last two financial years the department has only managed to build one statue to the value of R2.8 million of Dr Saul Mkhize in Driefontein. Perhaps it is not surprising considering that our province still has no heritage board to administer the national heritage act by identifying, protecting, conserving and managing the heritage of Mpumalanga and advise the MEC on heritage policy matters.

Sport

Hon Speaker, the one glimmer of hope is the announcement that the department has funded the Mpumalanga Sport Confederation (MSC) with R2 120 000 in this financial year. The MSC is the department’s management vehicle in supporting sporting clubs.

It is through these funds that our Provincial teams, The Mpumalanga Black Aces, The Mpumalanga Rugby Union and individual underprivileged athletes will be supported.

After years of fighting for financial support for our clubs and union, the department has finally listened, and I urge you Hon MEC to publically inform the Black Aces, the Puma’s and the public that these funds are now available and to state categorically, what the process is for them to access these funds.

Hon Speaker, we cannot expect our country or province to excel on the Sport fields if we do not invest in their development at a young age.

In supporting the budget before us, allow me to wish the Mpumalanga Puma’s the very best of luck for their Vodacom Cup Final against the Western Province this weekend, I know they will do us proud and lastly let’s use this debate as an opportunity to wish the Springboks well for the up-coming World Cup, calling on all South Africans to unite behind our team and ensure that with every game we play we indeed have #HomeGroundAdvantage.

I thank you.

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GP Education: R2.5 billion admin budget prioritises cadre deployment over teachers

By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Education Shadow MEC:

In the budget book report to the Gauteng Legislature, the provincial Education Department tabled its 2015/6 budget with at least R2.5 billion allocated for administration.

Not only has the budget increased, but there have been alarming cuts made to funds directed at personnel for public ordinary schools and early childhood development programmes.

In fact over 3500 people will lose their jobs in this sector while MEC Panyaza Lesufi directs more funding to employing people at district and head office level.

The MEC has already conceded that the department is failing to meet basic policy requirements, including teacher-student ratios of 40:1 and 35:1 in classrooms.

The move is nothing more than blatant cadre deployment to ensure that the MEC’s office administration is prioritised over the needs of desperately overcrowded schools.

Quality education is key to accessing freedom in South Africa; the MEC must publically explain his decision to deny vulnerable communities this opportunity.

I will follow up with the MEC and the Education Portfolio Committee to request a review of this skewed administration budget, which obviously does not put the interests of the learners of this province first.

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DA oppose Premier Budget Vote on the basis of severe financial mismanagement

By Sizwe Mchunu, MPL, Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature / DA KZN Spokesperson on the Office of the Premier:

THE DA will today oppose Vote 1, under the KZN Office of the Premier, in its entirety according to Rule 82 (2) in the KZN Provincial Legislature.

The decision to oppose the Vote is made on the grounds that this department, under Premier Senzo Mchunu, continues to mismanage its finances.

The situation is so severe that even the Treasury Budget analyst indicated that a disclaimer was almost a definite for the previous financial year.

It is also clear that there was never a real plan to dissolve the Royal Household department.  This is evident from the current bizarre and shambolic financial state of the department with money still lying in the Royal Household department, unused.

In the interim, the image of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been severely tarnished by claims of runaway expenditure.

The DA is not convinced that the current leadership within the Office of the Premier fully understands its central role within the provincial government and specifically its role as the accounting office for the Royal Household.

It is also debatable whether the Premier understands the importance of leading by example when it comes to directing affairs within this department.

It is an indictment and an embarrassment that within the KZN Legislature the Premier’s own Office is one of the worst-run.

The buck stops with the Premier – he is the person who must be held accountable.

2015-05-13 – Voting letter to the Speaker

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Legislature budget all about salaries rather than service delivery

By Mark Steele, MPL, Chief Whip to the DA in the KZN Legislature:

THE problem with the Legislature budget lies with the Speaker’s Office.  It is noteworthy that all the other sections of the administration have been expected to make cuts including oversight and public participation – but not the Speaker’s Office. There are in fact 18 contract employees at a cost of R13.144 million included in this Office – that’s an average of R722 000 per employee.

As members of STACOV asked when told these numbers – what do they all do?

A very good question indeed when one notes that the Western Cape Parliament Speaker’s Office employs only 5 staff members at less than half the cost.

From the DA’s perspective, the Speaker’s Office does not deliver value for money and the institution as a whole could improve dramatically when it comes to efficiency and productivity.

This week’s debacle, when we started a debate on a Bill while the House was still in committee, without the right MEC present to lead the debate, no Leader of Government business present and with a stand-in MEC who didn’t even have a copy of the Bill sums up the woeful level of performance we have reached as a Legislature.

Budget

So, what is good and bad about the budget for Vote 2?

Well it’s good that the whole extravagant folly of a new Legislature building has had to be put on hold.

It does seem strange though that KZN now desperately needs a Central Archive Repository at a cost of approximately R460 million – something which Arts and Culture has been pleading for, for years – and yet a year ago the priority was a new legislature.

This is a classic example of getting your priorities all wrong.

Gravy train

There is a principle of policy analysis that says very small increments in a financial allocation can over a surprisingly short space of time have a significant and lasting effect.

So let’s compare the relative spends on compensation of employees and goods and services in Vote 2;

  • In 2011/12 employees received R95.7 million, while goods and services got R131.7 million.
  • Over time the amount allocated to goods and services has remained relatively static, in 15/16 it is set to be R133 million and in the 17/18 outer year R138 million
  • Inflation has therefore reduced this spend in real terms and the R6 million increase over this 6 year period is effectively a reduction of over R20 million
  • The employees’ spend however has multiplied year by year and is set for R153 million in 15/16 and R171 million in 17/18 – an increase of R75 million over the same 6 year period which is about R 5million over the inflation rate for the period.

Put simply – the legislature has been paying more and more in salaries and less and less on goods on services.

It is a story repeated in nearly every provincial department and it means the same thing everywhere, whether in Health, Education, Transport or Agriculture. Service delivery is being sacrificed to keep employees happy.

In the longer term this means the interests of the ordinary people of KZN in their millions are being sacrificed for the interests of the few lucky enough to be employed by the state.

It’s a gravy train which the DA would immediately start reversing should we come to power and start putting the peoples’ needs above the privileged few.

 Real oversight

Programme 2 allocates money for oversight and public participation.  A consequence of budget austerity is that there will fewer chances of taking the ANC to the people.  But the possibilities of real oversight have not been realised.

As it states in the Vote 2 narrative – ‘the adoption of the sector oversight model means that the Legislature must, among others, conduct independent focussed intervention studies to better understand service delivery challenges’.

That means that portfolio committees need to go out and investigate issues of public concern without the departments tagging along.  School monitoring should mean meeting directly with parents, teachers and the community – not with officials.

Once we have formulated recommendations then we meet with the officials to discuss what they need to do.  There are huge potentials for the oversight model but we are still a long way from realising this potential.

The DA will not be supporting this Vote.

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ANC denies freedom for all in Cederberg

Debate Speech by Lorraine Botha, MPP, DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Premier:

“Together with the DA, I have already taken proactive steps into redressing the state of affairs in Cederberg so that all, irrespective of political affiliation can live lives they can value in an Open Opportunity Society for all.”

The subject for discussion today has for a long time been on my mind. More specifically, since I was appointed the Constituency Head of the Cederberg area. Not in so many words, when considering the state of affairs in Cederberg under the administration of the ANC, I have many a time asked, has our hard fought democracy delivered the freedoms we all desire?

Although constitutionally democratic, under the ANC, the state of affairs in Cederberg can be described as freedom in bondage. By the dictionary definition, bondage refers to a state of subjection to a force, power or influence. In response to the question, has our hard fought democracy delivered the freedoms that we all desire, under the governing ANC party in Cederberg, no it has not.

In 2015, 21 years into democracy, in Cederberg, we still find discrimination, which no longer is based on skin colour, but the benefits of freedom, is now based on political affiliation. The ANC governs the municipality, and DA affiliates struggles to find job opportunities within the municipality. People who are ANC card holders, get preference for jobs. Is this not synonymous of the hard fight we fought pre-1994? Is this not a similar struggle against discrimination based on political association? The state of affairs in Cederberg can best be described as the bad practice against good governance, to benefit but a few.

In Lambert’s Bay and Elands Bay, residents were afraid to be seen in DA t-shirts, in fear of being associated with the DA and in turn reducing the likelihood of receiving different opportunities. This is pure intimidation tactics. I am aware that they are loyal DA supporters who believe in an open opportunity society for all, but felt ostracized by the ANC administration because of this loyalty to the DA. Even housing opportunities were closed off to them. Further depriving residents in Elands Bay from the freedom we fought so hard for, is dat die Cederberg munisipaliteit bestee sowat R26 miljoen aan ‘n nuttelose vismark terwel die gemeenskap in armoede leef.  This brings to mind the teaching of our first democratic elected President, the late great Nelson Mandela, “for to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.

The state of affairs in Cederberg, under the ANC is unconstitutional and most certainly not indicative of freedoms that our hard fought democracy ought to deliver. Together with the DA, I have already taken proactive steps into redressing the state of affairs in Cederberg so that all, irrespective of political affiliation can live lives they can value in an Open Opportunity Society for all. Nelson Mandela also said, “if the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.”

Hiermee wil ek dan graag die ANC waarsku dat die mense van Cederberg is siek en sat vir diskriminasie en korrupsie,en sal sorg met die woorde van Nelson Mandela, dat die DA in 2016 beheer neem van Cederberg sodat mense van Cederberg werklik die Vryheid van demokrasie waarvoor daar so hard geveg is, kan ervaar.

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